matriarts' Profile

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The museum shop features an array of unique, carefully selected and affordably priced wares designed to stimulate an interest in and an appreciation of African women’s arts (or matriarts), as well as parallels within other cultures. Created by the remarkable women whose artistic practices the museum seeks to conserve, the wares also serve as a lucrative source of income, particularly for artists with barriers to employment, those in difficult circumstances, i.e. war-torn areas, and those in predominantly male professions, while making their rich cultural heritage available to a wider audience.

Additionally, we commission highly–skilled artists to design and develop original works for the museum that emphasize the aesthetic, versatile and enduring qualities of these matriarts and to create accurate and dynamic representations of these works for the museum shop. We encourage artists to use a variety…

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  • Joined July 20, 2010

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About

The museum shop features an array of unique, carefully selected and affordably priced wares designed to stimulate an interest in and an appreciation of African women’s arts (or matriarts), as well as parallels within other cultures. Created by the remarkable women whose artistic practices the museum seeks to conserve, the wares also serve as a lucrative source of income, particularly for artists with barriers to employment, those in difficult circumstances, i.e. war-torn areas, and those in predominantly male professions, while making their rich cultural heritage available to a wider audience.

Additionally, we commission highly–skilled artists to design and develop original works for the museum that emphasize the aesthetic, versatile and enduring qualities of these matriarts and to create accurate and dynamic representations of these works for the museum shop. We encourage artists to use a variety of media and incorporate indigenous, natural, local, recycled, abundant, underutilized, environmentally sound and sustainable materials in their design. Also, we actively promote the creation of wares that are inspired by artistic practices in danger of extinction and encourage the revival of lost techniques but also encourage innovative technologies that revitalize old techniques. We make a concerted effort to provide information about where and how these wares are created and the artist(s) that create them and provide adequate training for the artists when possible.

Overall, the shop serves to enable the museum to be autonomous and the artists self-sufficient by adhering to fair trade and labour practices that will ensure that they are adequately compensated for their works while maintaining a friendly, hassle-free shopping experience. We will revisit, update, create and/or adopt innovative ways to serve the museum as well as the artists and periodically pursue opportunities that reflect our socio-economic objectives and generate both social and economic returns. We will also collaborate with both local and international orgs. towards this end. Ultimately, we hope these wares increase knowledge of and accessibility to African arts and promote fair trade with and within Africa.

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